Adolfo Luque: The ‘Pride of Havana’ and Cuban baseball

Havana, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) A curve ball hurler, with great control particularly on the low zone, Adolfo Luque Guzman is, on his 130th anniversary of his birth, in the summit of the history of baseball in Cuba.

A native of Havana, Luque comes from a wealthy white family. An upright man who spoke English and Spanish, he was nicknamed by sports writers of the time as the Havana Perfect of the Pride of Havana.

He made his debut in baseball in 1912 playing for the Carmelitas del Fe in the Cuban Professional League, although most of his legend was written with the Almendares club.

With a strong, brusque and impetuous temperament, the “Habana Perfecto” transcends to the present day for his powerful pitching arm and unique intelligence to dominate every detail of the ball game.

His success in the boxing arena places him at the forefront of Cuban pitchers with 300 victories during more than two decades of active career, a feat that compiles the national tournaments (106) and the U.S. Major Leagues (194).

Luque is one of the few Cuban ballplayers to feel the pressure of a World Series in the MLB: the first, in 1919 with the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago White Sox; the other in 1933, just at the age of 43, when he led the New York Giants to victory against the Washington Senators.

Adolfo Luque dies on July 3, 1957, victim of a heart attack in his beloved Havana. With his death the national pastime lost the athlete, coach and director who made baseball his greatest passion.

President Trump changes tone, backs mail-in voting in Florida


President Trump on Tuesday encouraged voters in Florida to cast their ballots via mail, in an abrupt change of tone from weeks of criticism of absentee voting.

“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” the president tweeted.

“Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail! #MAGA.”

Last year, Trump changed his official residence from New York to Florida, which is struggling through one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the nation. He used an absentee ballot in New York in 2018 and has applied for one in Florida, according to democracy21.org.


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WHO Insists on Quick and Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccine


WHO Insists on Quick and Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccine
Geneva, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), Tarik Yazarevich, said that he insists on guaranteeing fast, fair and equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccine.

In declarations to the Russian news agency TASS, the official added that the search for an effective vaccine for all countries is accelerating.

The official referred to the Covax mechanism, a global collaboration to maximize the creation of production capacity for a cure for this pandemic.

Yazarevich explained that it is intended to distribute around two billion doses of the vaccine equally by the end of 2021.

According to representatives of this United Nations agency, the first vaccines against the new coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in China, will not be ready until early 2021.

Scientists around the world are currently searching for a vaccine candidate, some of whom are already in the third phase of clinical trials.

However, the infectious disease epidemiologist and technical manager of the WHO’s pandemic management area, Maria Von Kerkhove, recently mentioned that the vaccine will not be the definitive solution to end the pandemic, which is why she called for avoiding excessive expectations.

The director general of the health body, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured the day before that so far there is no solution and perhaps there never will be.

In his opinion, ‘clinical trials give us hope, but this does not necessarily mean that we get a vaccine.’

Therefore, he insisted on the necessary compliance with the protection measures to stop the outbreaks and prevent the spread of the disease.


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